We realise that the process of the UK’s exit from the European Union (Brexit) represents considerable uncertainty for our students, staff and external partners. In many cases this can extend to individuals' professional and personal lives. The way forward for the UK and our institution remains unclear both in terms of outcome and timing.
The information provided on our website is being updated on a regular basis and provides the best information that is available to our knowledge. Critical dates are currently understood to be:
- 31 January 2020, which is the latest exit date of a flexible extension agreed between the UK and the EU.
- The UK will need to have agreed a deal on Brexit before 31 January to avoid a no-deal outcome, but could leave the EU before this if a deal is agreed.
The advice currently provided on this website is provided on the basis of two likely potential outcomes:
- Deal agreed before 31 January 2020 followed by a transition period up to at least 31 December 2020.
- No-deal Brexit on 31 January 2020.
The election that has been called for 12 December 2019 may lead to other potential outcomes, we will continue to keep you informed.
We have a strategic approach to Brexit planning, including the establishment of a Brexit Transition and Risk Management Group, led by Professor Paul van Gardingen, our Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Global Engagement. It is acknowledged that there are still many other potential outcomes, but these have not yet been developed to sufficient detail to permit the provision of appropriate advice. The information and FAQs provided on this website will be updated as soon as possible.
The extent of the UK’s participation in the Erasmus+ programme post-Brexit is yet to be determined. Study abroad options will be available whatever the outcome of Brexit negotiations, but it is uncertain whether students will continue to receive Erasmus+ grants for study and work placements. More information can be found on this website and on the Universities UK website.